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WinXP installation error

When installing my Dell with Windows XP I just frequently got an error message of Error code 4 could any one be having a solution tried putting a different cd - rom drive seen a few changes but still can't get to the solution I still can not complete my Windows XP installation

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  • darryl coueslant May 11, 2010

    I had a similar problem, when stup was running it would not copy some files, during installation if a file failed i opened cd drive and closed it again for it to search for file again, when it came to doing it again 6 months later had the same problem, i replaced the xp cd and was fine, even if the cd does not look scratched it may have errors....

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This problem can start when you have a ram problem or the drive is about to crash.
take ram out & clean the golden edge both sides with rubbing alcohol or a pencil rubber.replace the ram
when you start the install again, do not use the partition that is on the drive now ,go for format and set up new partition,windows will check the hard drive for errors before it starts to install,

hope this helps you
good luck let me know how you go
Terry

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

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i have had the same problem when the hard drive was about to die or the ram is faulty

take ram out and clean gold edges with rubbing alcohol or a pencil eraser,
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